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Robert A. Beattey, Jr. is an attorney and clinical and forensic psychologist who teaches, conducts research, and practices at the intersection of behavioral science and law.  He holds an appointment as Lecturer in Forensic and Legal Psychology in the Program on Law and Behavioral Science.  His current research projects include studies on the long-term impacts of child abuse and neglect; lay judgments of mental states in the legal context; sex offender policy; evidence-based legal decision-making; public health policy; and professional ethics. He frequently teaches courses such as Abnormal Psychology, Psychology and Law, and Ethical Issues in Forensic Mental Health. His clinical experience includes his clinical internship at the California Department of State Hospital’s Metropolitan State Hospital where he worked with populations adjudicated not competent to stand trial, found not guilty by reason of insanity, and who were civilly committed.  Robert is a co-editor of The Ethical Practice of Forensic Psychology: A casebook published by Oxford University Press and author of a number of peer reviewed clinical, legal, and public policy journal articles and empirical studies. Robert is a former prosecutor and civil litigator. As an attorney, he litigated hundreds of criminal and civil cases in both the public and private sector.  Robert holds a BA from Columbia University, a JD from The Ohio State University College of Law, an MA in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, a M.Phil. from the CUNY Graduate Center, and a PhD in clinical psychology with a forensic concentration.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychology-Law Society.


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Forensic

John Jay College & The Graduate Center, CUNY, (APA Accredited)

M.Phil., Psychology

The Graduate Center, CUNY

M.A., Forensic Psychology

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

J.D., The Ohio State University

B.A., Political Science

Columbia University

Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 368Forensic Psychology
PSY 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 368Forensic Psychology
PSY 394Special Topics
PSY 471Psychological Testing
PSY 474Correctional Psychology
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 366Abnormal Psychology
PSY 545Advanced Legal Psychology